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Thursday, 01 September 2016

EU says disputed Gabon vote ‘lacked transparency’

The EU has said the weekend presidential election in Gabon – whose final result is still not yet known – “lacked transparency”. The tiny West African country is in a tense state, as both incumbent President Ali Bongo and rival Jean Ping claimed victory. The disputed vote count – so far – shows Bongo just 5,000 votes ahead of Ping. A result was due yesterday, but that has now been delayed until late Wednesday (31 August). Bongo, who took over from his late father in 2009 amid violence which saw the French consulate torched, is running for a second term. The Gabon electoral commission is due to meet late tonight to announce the result, in meeting EU observers are barred from. The EU observers said the vote was “managed in a way that lacked transparency”. “The European Union repeats the call made by the head of its observer mission that results should be published for each polling booth,” a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement.

Source: euractiv.com